Please vote!

image of a red, white, and blue button with star and stripe motif and a ballot selection mark with the text: VOTEDear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community,

The midterm elections are at hand, and public health is very much on the ballot in Congressional, state, and local races.

My role is not to tell you how to vote. But I do urge all of you to make your voice heard, because voting has always been one of our most potent ways to effect change in public health.

So please cast your ballot. Demonstrate your belief that ours is a country where free and fair elections matter.

In Massachusetts, in-person early voting runs through Nov. 4. On Election Day, Nov. 8, the polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. All election information for Massachusetts voters is available on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. For those not in Massachusetts, the Harvard Votes Challenge website has links to all the information you will need.

Staff members may take time during work hours to vote or work at the polls if doing so before or after work is not practical. For union members, this time is covered as release time. If you wish to take such time off, please make sure to discuss your plans in advance with your manager.

Elections matter. So make your voice heard. Stand up for the values you believe in.

And if you are not eligible to vote in this election, you can still participate by encouraging eligible voters to make sure to cast their ballot.

We cannot afford to sit this one out.


 Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the FacultyHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School